“Music, when soft voices die
Vibrates in the memory.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

 

In the spring of 2006, the students of Beechville, Lakeside, Timberlea School presented the musical “Honk Jr” for their community, family and friends.

 

Honk Jr. is a heart touching play that is one of the Broadway Junior Collection and was billed that spring for three straight nights on April 26th, 27th and 28th.

 

This play is a modern version of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, The Ugly Duckling.  Through this musical, a little duckling teaches all of us a very valuable lesson - it is ok to be different.  It deals with the theme of adversity overcome through hope and love.

 

The cast and crew of the production, many of them Paula’s students, dedicated the play of 2006 to their very own Miss Gallant because: “Her love of teaching, inspired many students to believe in themselves, to accept their individual differences and those of others”.  The scripted words on the program used to describe her are: dedication, acceptance, belief, kindness for others and commitment.

 

The music reflects Paula’s philosophy as much as the theme does. Hold Your Head up High, Different, Warts and All and the Joy of Motherhood are the songs written by George Stiles that were presented by the cast.  These songs shed light on who Paula really was and what she meant to her past students. The school enjoyed great success and everyone involved, knew without a doubt that Miss Gallant was with them every step of the way, through every practice, song and performance.

 

At the end of each presentation of Honk Jr., attendees purchased a package of sunflower seeds with proceeds going to Paula’s Place.

The note attached is as follows: “Plant these seeds so that, in the fall, these showy, yellow-petaled flowers will blossom throughout the school community and remind us all of our teacher, Paula Gallant.”

 

Many things will remind us of Miss Gallant: the sunflowers that we did plant in the fall, a budding artist of any age, a smiling child, a song, a story and a musical performed from the heart.